“The righteous will flourish like a palm tree, they will grow like a cedar of Lebanon; planted in the house of the Lord, they will flourish in the courts of our God” (Psalm 92:12, 13).
“But I am like an olive tree flourishing in the house of God” (Psalm 52:8).
Have you ever taken a quiz to determine what kind of animal, flower, or celebrity you resemble? These results are based on fun, imagination, and opinion. But Scripture says that believers are like certain trees. So what is the significance of these trees, and how can we apply these concepts to our lives?
We are cedar trees. In Biblical times, the cedar tree was used for cleansing and purification. It was a symbol of glory, growth, and might.
As our trials help to cleanse our hearts and purify our faith, we can help others by sharing our examples and testimonies. We can also continue to grow spiritually through the many Christian resources available today.
We are palm trees. The palm tree was used for shelter and food and was a symbol of righteousness, beauty, and victory. We can provide a place of shelter to others by offering empathy and encouragement.
We can feed the Word of God to a spiritually starving world. We can have victory over despair and fears by claiming God’s power in us and reflecting the beauty of Jesus through our words and actions.
We are olive trees. The olive tree was used for cooking, beauty products, and temple service. It was a symbol of health, flexibility, endurance, and peace.
Although our bodies may not be physically healthy, anointing our minds with God’s Word maintains our spiritual health. We can serve the Lord with the temples of our bodies through prayer and praise. And Christ’s strength enables us to endure whatever suffering may come and maintain peace through it.
So no matter how we look or feel, let’s see ourselves as God sees us. Let us branch out in faith and live as the trees we are!
Prayer: O God, many times my pain and problems distort my view of the purpose and potential You have given me. When I am feeling weak or useless, I pray that Your Spirit will bring these trees to mind–a beautiful description of what I am as Your child. Amen.
About the author:
Bronlynn Spindler lives in North Carolina and is blessed to have the support and encouragement of a wonderful husband, three daughters, and their husbands. God’s grace and strength have brought her through thyroid cancer and continue to sustain her through ongoing back pain, depression, headaches, multiple sensitivities, and fibromyalgia. You may view her blog of devotionals at http://www.aplaceofsprings57.blogspot.com.
Are you able to see any of these character traits in you, even in the midst of your illness or pain? If not, how can you start acting on what Scripture says you are?
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